Stickers for using the Southborough Transfer Station don’t expire until September 15th. But to avoid extra fees, you may need to act soon.
For most residents, the fees are lower for registering online or by mail. The new sticker may then take 2-3 weeks to arrive in the mail.
The new Transfer Station rules mailed out by the DPW have drawn the ire of some readers. The department seems to be residents’ favorite to dump on. (Pun intended.)
So, I decided it was time to clear the air about policy changes, etc. Most of the information below is based on the answers Department of Public Works head Karen Galligan provided.
Some commenters have reported that the online payment system assesses a $10 fee.
Those fees are only assessed when you select credit card as payment method. The bank charges (and keeps) a 5% fee for that. It appears that this is the same across the board for all online payments to the town, including tax bills.
However, an electronic check only costs $0.25. (That is supposedly also true for paying by debit card.) So, you can pay online while incurring a fee less than the cost of a postage stamp.
The additional benefit for registering online is that the system can pull your registration data from the town’s Excise Tax information. That is why you do not need to send in a copy of vehicle registration with your online payment. (It is also why online registration isn’t an option for new residents.)
To register online, click here.
Lower fee for registration by mail
One resident raised the question – what if you don’t have a photocopier to make a copy of your registration? I checked with the Southborough Library. The fee for a black and white photocopy is only $0.15 per page.
Stickers will now be required on the front of vehicles
Some residents are angered by this change. For some, the damage to their front bumper is seen as an unnecessary inconvenience. The big question was why?
Galligan explained that the DPW was directed to enforce the existing rules. Moving permits to the front of the vehicles better enables transfer station employees to see them.
While many vehicles back in to the hopper, depending on the placement, stickers on the back are often not visible when a tailgate is down or trunk is open for unloading. And many vehicles do pull in, facing forward.
At the recycling center, parking is set up for vehicles to pull in. That means employees can’t see permits on the rear of the vehicles while they are working on the recycling pad.
The new structures at the Transfer Station
The structures were built by Assabet students to provide improved swap shops for the town. The DPW expects to open them in September.